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Now, find your way in Hindi on Google Maps
HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times
New Delhi, July 22, 2014
First Published: 17:39 IST(22/7/2014)
Last Updated: 18:48 IST(22/7/2014)

Indian users can now explore and navigate their way around through Google Maps in Hindi after the search engine giant announced the launch of its new service on Tuesday.

Users will be able to see Hindi names for cities, localities, important roads, as well as public parks and schools, on the new Google Map on their desktops as well as on Android phones.

“Google is committed to making its products more useful for people in India, and creating comprehensive maps is a crucial part of helping Indian users access information about parts of the country that are unfamiliar to them. By launching Google Maps in Hindi today, hopefully Indians can explore and navigate the world around them more easily, whether these are people who already use Maps to find their way around day-to-day or Hindi speakers coming online for the first time,” said Suren Ruhela, director product and program management.

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Users will have to enable Hindi as their preferred language on their device in order to view Hindi name labels on Google Maps. The names of the places will be displayed in Hindi as well as English once Hindi is selected.

The new labels on Google Maps have been created by transliterating English names to Hindi, or, translating the English names to Hindi.

Google Maps in Hindi is available to desktop users and on Android devices that run Android version 4.3 (Jelly Bean) and upwards as of now.

The service is not yet available on Apple's iOS format.


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